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The Man in the High Castle de Philip K. Dick
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The Man in the High Castle (1962 original; edició 1992)

de Philip K. Dick

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11,313299430 (3.68)2 / 464
It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war -- and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.
Membre:maliora
Títol:The Man in the High Castle
Autors:Philip K. Dick
Informació:Vintage (1992), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 272 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:***
Etiquetes:No n'hi ha cap

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The Man in the High Castle de Philip K. Dick (1962)

  1. 81
    Fatherland de Robert Harris (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  2. 61
    El Sindicat de policies jueus de Michael Chabon (AlanPoulter)
    AlanPoulter: Both are alternate histories set in a USA changed by World War Two.
  3. 62
    Complot contra els Estats Units de Philip Roth (ateolf)
  4. 20
    Bring the Jubilee de Ward Moore (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alt history
  5. 10
    Blade runner de Philip K. Dick (Usuari anònim)
  6. 10
    El Castell dels destins encreuats de Italo Calvino (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Two very different approaches to using an oracle, one the Tarot, another the I Ching, to help structure a book's narrative.
  7. 10
    Farthing de Jo Walton (rretzler)
  8. 54
    The Years of Rice and Salt de Kim Stanley Robinson (ecleirs24)
    ecleirs24: Alternate history
  9. 00
    Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick de Lawrence Sutin (Usuari anònim)
  10. 00
    The Lost Continent de Edgar Rice Burroughs (Sylak)
    Sylak: Alternate history following WWI
  11. 00
    Resurrection Day de Brendan DuBois (RG_331)
    RG_331: What would happen if the Cold War escalated
  12. 00
    SS-GB de Len Deighton (Michael.Rimmer)
    Michael.Rimmer: Alternate History: Axis powers won WWII
  13. 01
    The Iron Dream de Norman Spinrad (andyl)
    andyl: Alternate history novel that also uses the book within a book device.
  14. 12
    China Mountain Zhang de Maureen F. McHugh (ahstrick)
  15. 01
    El ferrocarril subterrani de Colson Whitehead (CGlanovsky)
    CGlanovsky: Disturbing Alternate Histories of America.
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I wanted to read this book before I watched the Amazon pilot of “Man in a High Castle.”

Written in 1962 this is Philip K. Dick’s impressive imagining of a world after the Nazi and the Japanese have defeated the Allies.

Dick creates a plausible explanation for how the Axis wins the war, which starts with having FDR assassinated in 1933 just before his inauguration. (This was the attempt on his life where the major of Chicago is killed).

I think there is a tendency to believe that history is predestined. That the Allies (the forces of good) would inevitably triumph over the Axis (the forces of evil). But that’s not true. One of the messages of the book is that if you don’t resist evil, it can triumph.

The world described in High Castle is a nightmare. A mundane, banal nightmare which has us rooting for the Japanese as the less awful of the two conquerors.

As much as I was impressed with all of the interesting details of this world that Dick creates I found the actual novel somewhat less than impressive. The characters are not well developed and while he has several storylines developed, none of them is given enough attention. We are sort of dropped into this world for a brief visit and then the story ends.

I think he could have made a much longer novel – although I’m not sure I wanted to live that world any longer than I did.
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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
If I could, I would give the book 3.5 stars. The concept and overall story is very interesting. I couldn't help but think about Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo several times while reading this book because both gave me pause to think about how what any of us consider to be 'our culture' is shaped and affected by what has happened in the past.

Through a lot of the book I was drawn in, wanting to know what would happen next and how all the different characters and smaller plot points would be connected together. However, on multiple occasions I just could not grasp the motivations and actions of many of the characters. I did, though, enjoy that my view of many of the key characters was changed over time as I saw them in different circumstances.

Dick's particular grammar and use of words was very unique and even by the end I sometimes could not be sure what happened, even after rereading a sentence or paragraph 2 or 3 times. I think part of it is that he often seems to omit particles and subjects from sentences. And another part of it was it was hard to know when he switched from narration to individual character's inner monologue/thoughts. Also, I'm not sure how well I could have followed the parts of the story around the I Ching if I hadn't studied about it and other aspects of ancient Chinese culture in university.

Content Warning: Most of the characters have racist thoughts about other groups and racial slurs are used by those characters. ( )
  Sara_Cat | Mar 6, 2021 |
Much better than I remember, although I still think the ending kind of falls apart beyond a certain point. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
I finally started the show and now I'm annoyed I haven't read this one yet. Moving it up my reading list.
  rjcrunden | Feb 2, 2021 |
I could not get into this alternative history story. The language was strange, the characters 2-dimensional, and the story line difficult to follow. ( )
  WiebkeK | Jan 21, 2021 |
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Dick is entertaining us about reality and madness, time and death, sin and salvation.... We have our own homegrown Borges.
afegit per GYKM | editaNew Republic, Ursula K. LeGuin
 
Philip K. Dick's best books always describe a future that is both entirely recognizable and utterly unimaginable.
afegit per GYKM | editaThe New York Times Book Review
 
Philip K. Dick... has chosen to handle... material too nutty to accept, too admonitory to forget, too haunting to abandon.
afegit per GYKM | editaWashington Post
 

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Dick, Philip K.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Weiner, TomNarradorautor secundaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
Brown, EricIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gambino, FredAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Glasserman, DebbieDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Gleeson, TonyAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Guidall, GeorgeNarradorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Moore, ChrisAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Nati, MaurizioTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
North, HeidiDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Powers, Richard M.Autor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Stöbe, NorbertTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war -- and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

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